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Dapp stands for different approach, and that tells you exactly what we stand for: a data-driven logistics engineering firm, specializing in industrial engineering and project management. We carry out our projects both for and on behalf of our clients.




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Vision on the future of factories

The factory of the future must use the available data as optimally as possible. In addition, this data must be analyzed and visualized in such a way as to provide an integrated overview of the factory's performance.

Based on this information, the correct operational and strategic decisions can be taken with regard to both the present and the future of the factory.

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Successfully completing a project, easier said than done.

Here at Dapp we like a challenge, so we will gladly take on your assignment with both hands.

Below is an overview of some of our clients where we have successfully realized a project.

completed projects in dairy
completed projects in fresh produce
completed projects in food & beverage
completed projects in non-food & logistics
Vepo Cheese
Royal A-ware Food Group
Royal FrieslandCampina
RFC Zijerveld
Royal Lactalis Leerdammer
Primeale United
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“Dapp heeft ons geholpen bij het uitwerken van een masterplan voor onze fabrieken. Door de enorme groei die wij jaar op jaar doormaken kwamen we in de knel te zitten met onze beschikbare capaciteit en oppervlakte. Dapp heeft ons met data-analyses en simulatie nieuwe inzichten weten te bieden. Ook hebben wij samen met Dapp het terrein opnieuw in kunnen delen tijdens brainstormsessies. Na het uitwerken van deze verschillende opties en het naast elkaar zetten van de daarbij behorende voor- en nadelen hebben wij een weloverwogen, toekomstgerichte keuze kunnen maken."

- Cees van Driel, Manager Logistiek bij Remia CV

“Aangezien er bij Niacet veel projecten lopen en afgerond worden om de efficiëntie en output van het equipment te verhogen, is het essentieel om de Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams op orde te hebben. Dit geldt zowel voor as-built tekeningen die niet tijdig bijgewerkt zijn als het opstellen van sloop en project P&ID’s voor lopende projecten. Deze tekeningen zijn een absolute must om stappen te maken, zo besteden we geen tijd aan het uitzoeken hoe iets zit maar aan hoe we iets kunnen verbeteren. Dapp verzorgt zelfstandig en op locatie zowel het nalopen in het veld als het intekenen van de P&ID’s en beheert voor ons de standaard als ‘key-user’.”

- Stijn Ophof, Senior Process Engineer bij Niacet BV - A Kerry Company

“Dapp heeft Bouter geholpen met het aanbrengen van structuur in het bestaande tekeningenpakket. In samenspraak met ons heeft Dapp ook onze matig gedocumenteerde rijpingslocaties in kaart gebracht middels een 3D scan die gebruikt is om zowel 2- als 3D tekeningen te kunnen vervaardigen. Deze tekeningen helpen ons om onder andere projecten gestructureerder uit te voeren. Naast voorgenoemde werkzaamheden helpt Dapp ons nog steeds met het up-to-date brengen van bestaand tekenwerk en kunnen we bij hen terecht voor het uitwerken van projecttekeningen.”

- Peter Spiegelenberg, Plant Manager Bouter Group

“Dapp heeft ons geholpen met het realiseren van ons nieuwe DC in Bleiswijk. Om tot deze realisatie heeft Dapp vanuit het netwerk ook een team van specialisten aan kunnen leveren. Hierdoor konden wij relatief zorgeloos naar het moment van oplevering toewerken. Daarnaast is het pand zeer duurzaam en schaalbaar, waardoor wij óók met oog op de toekomst vrij van zorgen zijn.”

- Otto Miltenburg, Mede-eigenaar Konings-Zuivel



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Facility Layout Solution

Facility Layout Solution (FLS) is a tool developed by Dapp to generate the optimal layout for your factory. We do this based on data instead of the well-known gut feeling.

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How Technology is Reshaping the Future Food Factory

How Tech­nol­o­gy is Re­shap­ing the Fu­ture Food Fac­to­ry

The food industry plays a vital role in providing sustenance to our society. However, food factories face numerous challenges that can impede their ability to produce quality products efficiently. This publication is published in a series of 3 blogs. This is blog 1 on how the Food Industry enables new technology to be able to improve its business. The future factory cannot do without using technology to have instant insight in its efficiency and effectiveness in order to make the right day-to-day decisions as well as to make sure its development has strategic alignment. By addressing the main challenges effectively using novel technology food factories can increase efficiency, productivity, and profitability. In the upcoming blogs, we will reveal a potential solution to these challenges and discuss its potential impact on the food industry. Stay tuned for the next articles in this series! A Taste of Excellence: Exploring the Dutch Food Industry The Dutch food industry is an important sector of the Dutch economy, and it is one of the largest food exporters in the world. The industry is characterized by a strong focus on efficiency, innovation, sustainability, and food safety. The Netherlands has a highly integrated food system, with a diverse range of agricultural products produced domestically and imported from other countries. The industry is made up of a mix of large multinational corporations and smaller, specialized companies, with a strong focus on collaboration and knowledge-sharing. The Dutch food industry is known for its high-quality products, particularly in the dairy, meat, and vegetable sectors. The industry has a strong focus on sustainability, with many companies adopting sustainable production methods and investing in renewable energy and waste reduction initiatives. Food safety is also a top priority for the Dutch food industry, with rigorous safety protocols and a strong regulatory framework in place to ensure the safety and quality of food products. In recent years, the Dutch food industry has been responding to changing consumer preferences and trends, including the increasing demand for plant-based foods, organic and non-GMO foods, and locally-sourced ingredients. The industry has also been investing in new technologies and innovative production methods to improve efficiency and reduce waste. Overall, the Dutch food industry is a dynamic and innovative sector with a strong focus on efficiency, sustainability, food safety, and collaboration. Main challenges within the food industry The food industry faces several challenges. See hereafter. Sustainability: The food industry is under increasing pressure to adopt sustainable practices in order to reduce its impact on the environment. This includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving water and energy, and minimizing food waste. Does your food industry business have a documented sustainability strategy in place? Are you tracking and measuring your greenhouse gas emissions, water and energy usage, and food waste? Have you implemented any initiatives to reduce your environmental impact, such as sourcing local ingredients or using renewable energy sources? Cost and efficiency: The food industry operates on thin margins, and cost pressures can be intense. In order to remain profitable, companies must find ways to operate efficiently, minimize waste, and control costs while maintaining high levels of quality and safety. Have you analyzed your company's cost structure and identified areas where costs can be reduced? Are you monitoring and measuring key performance indicators, such as production efficiency and waste reduction, to ensure your operations are running efficiently? Have you implemented any continuous improvement initiatives to optimize processes and minimize waste while maintaining quality and safety standards? Optimization of production processes and space utilization: One of the main reasons why optimizing production processes and space utilization is such a challenge for food factories is that it requires a significant amount of time, planning, and accuracy in the preparation phase. In addition, the process of optimizing production processes and space utilization is a continuous one, which means that factories need to constantly monitor their operations and make improvements as needed. It is a critical aspect of food factory operations, and failure to do so can result in significant waste, decreased efficiency, and lost revenue.  Are there any machines that are not being used to their full potential? Is there adequate space around machines for safe operation and maintenance? Are there any opportunities for streamlining production processes or utilizing space more efficiently? Food safety: Ensuring the safety of food is a top priority for the food industry. Contamination by bacteria, viruses, chemicals, or other harmful substances can have serious consequences for public health, and outbreaks of foodborne illnesses can damage consumer confidence in the industry. Have you established and implemented a comprehensive food safety program that adheres to industry standards and regulations? Are you regularly monitoring and testing your products and facilities for potential contaminants or hazards? Have you developed contingency plans and procedures in case of a food safety incident, and are your employees trained on these protocols to respond effectively? Supply chain and logistical disruptions: The food industry relies on a complex network of suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to get products to consumers. Disruptions to this supply chain, such as those caused by natural disasters, pandemics, or geopolitical tensions, can have significant impacts on the industry. Likewise within the factory itself, logistics needs to fully support production processes and the integral performance of the factory itself. Besides that food factories must develop effective strategies to ensure adequate space around machines. This may involve reviewing and modifying factory layouts, developing specialized access or clearance procedures, and providing workers with proper training and safety protocols. By implementing these strategies, food factories can create a safer work environment and reduce the risk of accidents and injuries caused by inadequate space around machines. Are there any instances of workers incidents? How is worker safety and machine safety covered? Are there any obstacles or narrow walkways that may impede the safe operation of machinery?  Are workers trained on proper safety protocols when operating and maintaining machinery? Are all machinery CE certified, also after revision? Consumer trends and preferences: Consumer preferences and expectations are constantly evolving, and the food industry must keep up with these changes in order to remain competitive. This includes responding to trends such as plant-based diets, organic and non-GMO foods, and locally-sourced ingredients. Have you conducted market research to stay up-to-date with changing consumer trends and preferences? Are you offering a variety of options to cater to different dietary needs and preferences, such as plant-based or gluten-free options? Have you considered incorporating organic, non-GMO, and locally-sourced ingredients into your products to appeal to health and environmentally conscious consumers? These are just a few of the challenges facing the food industry today. Addressing these challenges requires collaboration and innovation from the factory with an integral mindset. Technology can help to support this. Doing nothing to address the facing challenges is no option: but what can you do? There are several steps that the food industry can take to address the challenges it faces: Embrace technology: Technology can be a powerful tool for improving food safety, increasing efficiency, and reducing waste. The food industry can explore the use of technologies like blockchain, IoT, AI, and robotics to improve traceability, reduce food waste, and enhance operational efficiency. Adopt sustainable practices: The food industry can take steps to reduce its environmental impact by adopting sustainable practices like reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving water and energy, and minimizing food waste. This can involve working with suppliers, investing in sustainable packaging, and developing sustainable production processes. Prioritize food safety: Ensuring the safety of food is a top priority for the food industry. This involves implementing rigorous safety protocols, investing in food safety training, and leveraging technology to improve traceability and reduce the risk of contamination. Respond to changing consumer preferences: The food industry can stay competitive by responding to changing consumer preferences and expectations. This may involve developing new products, reformulating existing products, or adopting new production methods to meet the demand for plant-based foods, organic and non-GMO foods, and locally-sourced ingredients. Collaborate with partners: The food industry should work with trustful partners on several areas where the factory my have difficulties to have all knowledge in house. Technology is a typical area where a growing lack of knowledge appears. A factory’s mindset is to make products and not being fully aware of novel technology By taking these steps, the food industry can address the challenges it faces and build a more sustainable, efficient, and consumer-focused industry. The Digital Factory: How Technology is Transforming the Food Industry The use of technology offers several advantages to the food industry, including: Improved food safety: Technology can help the food industry improve food safety by providing real-time monitoring and data analysis to identify potential hazards, track products throughout the supply chain, and quickly respond to any safety issues. Increased efficiency: Technology can help the food industry increase efficiency and reduce waste by automating processes, optimizing supply chains, and improving inventory management. Enhanced traceability: Technology can improve traceability throughout the food supply chain, enabling companies to track products from farm to table, identify the origin of any quality or safety issues, and quickly respond to any recalls or other issues. Improved product quality: Technology can help the food industry improve the quality of its products by providing real-time data on production processes, enabling companies to identify areas for improvement and optimize their operations. Enhanced consumer engagement: Technology can help the food industry engage with consumers and build trust by providing more transparency and information about products, including their origin, nutritional content, and production methods. Innovation: Technology can drive innovation in the food industry, enabling companies to develop new products and production methods, respond to changing consumer preferences, and create new business opportunities. Overall, the use of technology can help the food industry improve safety, efficiency, traceability, quality, and innovation, enabling it to better meet the needs of consumers and stakeholders. The Future is Now: Adapting Technology for an Efficient and Sustainable Factory Technology can help the food industry optimize its operations, improve transparency, and create new business opportunities. It can enable companies to produce high-quality products that meet the needs and expectations of consumers, while also reducing environmental impact and improving the efficiency of the food system. However, it is important to note that the adoption of technology in the food sector must be done thoughtfully and carefully, with a focus on addressing the challenges and opportunities specific to the industry. The implementation of technology must also be accompanied by appropriate training and education or the right partners to ensure that it is used effectively and safely. Fortunately, there is a solution to the challenges that can help food factories achieve greater efficiency, productivity, and profitability. In the next blog post, we will explore this solution in more detail and discuss how it can be applied to the challenges food factories are up to nowadays. We believe that this solution has the potential to revolutionize the food industry, and we are excited to share it with you. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn about the cutting-edge technology that can help your food factory achieve greater efficiency and profitability. So stay tuned for the next blog… “Embracing technology in the Food Industry, opens up new opportunities for improvement and will empower yourself with fact-based decision-making that can drive better outcomes."

16 May 2023
Ontdek de voordelen van 3D-scannen

Ont­dek de voor­de­len van 3D-scan­nen

In the world of technological innovation, 3D scanning is one of the most promising developments. This revolutionary process makes it possible to quickly, accurately and securely collect large amounts of data about an object or environment. As a result, 3D scanning offers a range of benefits to many different industries. One of the biggest advantages of 3D scanning is its speed and efficiency. Unlike traditional manual measurements, which require time and effort to collect data, 3D scanning can collect a large amount of data in a fraction of the time. This makes the process ideal for companies that want to work quickly and efficiently. Accuracy is also a key advantage of 3D scanning. Modern scanners can achieve high levels of accuracy, reducing the potential for human error in manual measurements. This is especially important in industries where precision is paramount, such as construction, industrial engineering and architecture. Safety is another important aspect of 3D scanning. Manual measurements in hard-to-reach or dangerous areas can be dangerous, but with 3D scanning, this data can be collected quickly and safely, without any danger to the operator. In addition, 3D scanning is also flexible; it can be performed remotely and can collect detailed information about an object or environment, making it useful for a wide range of applications, such as building construction, industrial engineering and architecture. 3D scanning can also produce point clouds or 3D models that can be easily shared and analyzed. This allows you to create digital twins, run simulations and detect changes over time. Finally, 3D scanning is also cost-effective; it eliminates the need for multiple visits and measurements, and also reduces the use of physical measurements and drawings. All in all, 3D scanning offers many advantages for companies that want to work quickly, accurately and safely.

24 January 2023
Beslissen op basis van data - Deel 2 - De do's & don'ts

Be­slis­sen op basis van data - Deel 2 - De do's & don'ts

Om je data succesvol te analyseren en interpreteren zijn er een paar zaken belangrijk. Deze zaken worden kort en bondig besproken in dit artikel. Op de eerste plaats is het belangrijk dat iedereen het nut van het gebruiken van data inziet. Dit betekent dat niet alleen de business analist hier belang aan hecht, maar ook de technische dienst, projectmanager en directeur. Het moet namelijk niet zo zijn dat je geld investeert in dure technologieën om hier vervolgens niet (optimaal) gebruik van te maken! Onderzoek toont aan dat bedrijven in 2018 biljoenen (!) hebben uitgegeven aan het moderniseren van hun systemen. Van deze investeringsprojecten is maar liefst 70% mislukt door een gebrek aan 'data cultuur'. De belangrijkste do is dus het creëren van een bedrijfscultuur waarin je data op waarde geschat wordt. Een grote don't is dus het doen van grote investeringen zonder duidelijke visie op wat je hiermee wilt bereiken. Om het maximale uit je data te halen is het ook belangrijk dat je weet wáár je moet zoeken. Je kunt bijvoorbeeld proberen zoveel mogelijk patronen te vinden in je data. Zijn er bepaalde weken waar je meer produceert dan normaal? En wat kan hier de oorzaak van zijn? Of misschien heb je een product dat sneller in kwaliteit verminderd dan andere producten. Ligt dit aan het product, of ligt dit misschien aan de plek waar je het product opslaat? Deze patronen geven in ieder geval een richting waarin gezocht moet worden tijdens de analyse. Daarnaast kun je ook een slag staan door de uitkomsten van je data te visualiseren.  Je kunt in onze referentieprojecten meer vinden over hoe wij jouw data visualiseren en deze zo inzichtelijk maken. Ook is het belangrijk dat je voor je data een representatieve tijdsperiode gebruikt om de beslissing op te baseren. Ga je bijvoorbeeld machinelijnen verhuizen, zorg er dan bijvoorbeeld voor dat je een piekperiode in je productie gebruikt om de omvang van de verhuizing te bepalen. Doe je dit niet, dan kom je later (waarschijnlijk) voor verrassingen te staan. 

22 November 2022
Beslissen op basis van data - Deel 1 - Introductie

Be­slis­sen op basis van data - Deel 1 - In­tro­duc­tie

Beslissingen nemen die (grote) gevolgen hebben voor jouw bedrijf kan lastig zijn. Op onze site verwijzen we op de pagina over data analyse al naar het welbekende onderbuikgevoel. Op basis van dit onderbuikgevoel kun je vaak al één en ander aanstippen als mogelijk verbeterpunt. Echter, wil je wel graag enige zekerheid hebben in de juistheid van de beslissing(en) die jij en je collega’s nemen. Het daarvoor gebruiken van data wint hierbij steeds meer aan populariteit. Dit noemt men Data Driven Decision Making (DDDM). Hierbij worden data, feiten en statistieken gebruikt om (strategische) beslissingen te nemen. Omdat je beslissingen maakt op basis van feiten kun je deze sterk onderbouwen. Dit is helemaal het geval als de informatie die je vergaart uit de data in lijn is met het eerdere onderbuikgevoel.  Ook in de foodbranche kan dit van grote toegevoegde waarde zijn! Praktisch ieder foodbedrijf verzamelt tegenwoordig enorm veel data: een overzicht van je productie, opslag en transport kan tegenwoordig in no-time uitgedraaid worden.  Een punt waar veel bedrijven hierna vastlopen is het daadwerkelijk omzetten van data naar (nieuwe) inzichten. Enerzijds omdat ze moeite hebben met het interpreteren van de data, anderzijds omdat de juiste resources (zowel tijd als kennis) niet aanwezig zijn. Dit is zonde, omdat er enorm veel (nieuwe) inzichten te verkrijgen zijn vanuit de beschikbare data. In de volgende delen van deze Dapp special over Data Driven Decision Making wordt er meer verteld over de good & bad practices van deze methode en de voordelen die DDDM met zich meebrengt.

22 November 2022
Beslissen op basis van data - Deel 3 - Voordelen van Data Driven Decision Making

Be­slis­sen op basis van data - Deel 3 - Voor­de­len van Data Dri­ven De­ci­si­on Ma­king

Er zijn talloze voordelen te noemen van het gebruikmaken van data voor het nemen van beslissingen. We hebben hier dan ook slechts een kleine greep van op een rijtje gezet. Allereerst kun je sneller beslissingen nemen. Je hebt namelijk alle benodigde info vlug voor handen. Daarnaast zullen je nauwkeuriger kunnen bepalen waar de uitdagingen liggen. Omdat je je baseert op de feiten (i.e. de data) kun je het hierboven genoemde onderbuikgevoel wegnemen of juist bevestigen. Deze factoren leiden ertoe dat je beslissingen ook met meer vertrouwen gemaakt kunnen worden. Op basis van het analyseren van de data zul je ook makkelijk(er) nieuwe trends kunnen herkennen. Waarschijnlijk kun je op basis van ervaring al enkele trends in (jouw tak van) de foodwereld opnoemen, maar als bedrijf kun je een grote slag slaan door al vroeg een nieuwe trend in de markt te ontdekken. Dit hangt dan weer samen met het beter in balans kunnen houden van je voorraad. Omdat je sneller inzicht hebt in de vraag naar producten zul je beter in staat zijn om te bepalen welke producten vooral ruimte innemen en in mindere mate bijdragen aan de omzet van het bedrijf. Door deze kennis verhoogt ook de proactiviteit van het bedrijf. Dit klinkt misschien tegenstrijdig, want voor je gevoel reageer je juist op wat de data je vertelt. Echter kun je, door het herkennen van patronen en trends in de data, al met enige zekerheid een voorspelling doen, waardoor je voortijdig in kunt grijpen of juist al vroeg ziet dat een bepaalde keuze de juiste is, wat een voordeel oplevert ten opzichte van de concurrentie.   

22 November 2022


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